We don’t live in a monochrome world. In fact we live, and happily so, surrounded by printed and textured articles (clothing, decoration, linens, accessories, etc.) That’s why the creativity of textile designers is so important to all of us. The variety of patterns and colours contributes to our personal balance. It does! Just close your eyes for 3 seconds and imagine if everything around us was smooth and solid-toned – how sad!
So let’s return to reality, and some explanations about the fundamental role of textile designers in our consumer society.
The role of textile designers is to define the materials, colours and patterns in a collection, on everything from fabrics to dishes, wallpaper or more. They invent, draw and create motifs to print; search for and anticipate colours, and choose textures that will appeal to the general public. Whether working on an artisanal or industrial production scale, the textile designer takes into account the established guidelines as well as product seasonality. Whether working as a freelancer or as part of an in-house trend bureau or creative office, the textile designer integrates both his client’s needs and the latest trends to adapt to market expectations.
In the case of a fabric collection, this maestro of materials must master all aspects related to a textile’s surface: fibre and fabric compositions, fibre behaviour after treatments and finishings, the manufacturing process (weaving, knitting, spinning, finishing and printing, etc.) Textile designers are permanently on the lookout for new technological methods to constantly update their work.
Due to the meteoric evolution in computer science, textile designers also have to master the many digital tools available to create textile designs and elaborate those designs. They study and constantly update their knowledge of 2D and 3D software (CAD, CAD, simulation software, mapping, etc.)
As the person in charge of developing collections, the textile designer can monitor the product run by elaborating product data sheets (for example: fabric composition, pattern size, number of proposed colourways) up until the start of manufacturing, while meeting all the deadlines of the collection plan, and controlling costs. The textile designer has to also be able to develop sample artwork, prototypes and samples.
The textile designer works closely with the collection designer, the product manager or the textile buyer and must be able to convincingly defend a collection, and demonstrate a certain power of persuasion in presenting ideas and choices. What’s the winning combination to be able to fully succeed in this business? Creativity and the skills to manage human resources, because in addition to being an artist, the textile designer has to interact well with a range of other people.
As international competition is quite strong, textile design is a business that involves moving around (visiting trade shows and suppliers, keeping an eye on technology, etc.). So the first things you need to put in your bag are a good ability to draw, and a mastery of English, computer skills and technical managerial skills. Now buckle up your bag, and get ready to head out into the textile universe. Have a good trip!
Read more: all the steps to create a fabric collection using printed patterns
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Source : Textile Addict